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In anticipation of the upcoming Wild Card tournament, Japanese representative DetonatioN FocusMe will be heading to California to bootcamp with other Logitech Sponsored teams at the Logitech Headquarters in Silicon Valley, where they will be staying. The team hopes to gain valuable practice in order to secure their spot at the 2015 World Championship.

Various sources from Twitter and support player Kazu’s ask.fm have been collected in a reddit post by shirokaisen, also shared below.

Similar to previous teams’ Asia bootcamps in the past, the Japanese team DetonatioN FocusMe – coming off their 3-0 over rivals RabbitFive in the LJL Season 1 Final – will be leaving tonight for California to train leading up to the International Wild Card Invitational.

They’ll be staying at Logitech HQ in Silicon Valley, where they’ll be practicing until the 17th before heading off to Turkey to compete. Their scrim partners will primarily be the other Logitech-sponsored teams in the country – TSM and Cloud 9. Analyst and support player KazuXD hopes that the pressure of playoff season will let them get some excellent scrims in.

Going on the trip are:

  • Top: Keisuke “Bonzin” Oda
  • Jungle: Yuta “Astarore” Hiratsuka
  • Mid: Kyohei “Ceros” Yoshida
  • Support/Analyst: Kazuta “KazuXD” Suzuki
  • Manager: Nobuyuki “LGraN” Umezaki

AD Carry and LJL S1 MVP Yuta “Yutapon” Sugiura will not be attending, choosing to continue attending classes in college right up until the IWCI date. He’ll be playing from home and adjusting his schedule to match America’s. Kazu says this won’t be a problem.

During this time they won’t be streaming at all, and none of their practice matches will be broadcast.

Hopefully this doesn’t end up like CLG’s Korean bootcamp.

EDIT: According to DetonatioN’s official twitter, the TSM scrims are still being worked out and aren’t for sure yet. C9 is happening though.

Sources: Kazu’s ask.fm: http://ask.fm/Xxkazujap0xX/ and several Japanese players on Twitter.

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RAW Data: IEM Katowice

March 20th, 2015

 

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Not wanting to waste a bunch of  cool info, here’s some of the extra RAW data I collected from IEM Katowice. Keep in mind it’s a little rough, but gives a good look at the overall flavor of champions played at the event. Expect something similar, with a graphical flair, for the upcoming NA LCS playoffs.


 

Total Bans: Viktor, rek’sai, Janna, Rengar, Nidalee, Leblanc

Total Picks: Rumble, Morgana (2), Jarvan, Graves, Kennen, Rek’sai, Corki, Gnar, Lissandra

Champion most banned against Cloud 9: Vi(2)

Most picked: Morgana(2)

Total games played: 2

Total champions played: 9


 

GET Total Bans: Zed, Nidalee, Vi, Graves, Lucian, Lulu, Diana(3), Jarvan(2), Sivir, leblanc, Rek’sai, Sion

GET Total Picks: Corki(5), Lee Sin(3), Lissandra, Nami(2), Rek’Sai(2), Maokai(2), Janna(3), Viktor, Rumble(2), Ezreal,Yasuo, Leblanc

Champion most banned against GE Tigers: Lissandra(4)

Most picked: Corki(5), Lee sin(3), Janna(3)

Total games played: 5

Total champions played: 12


 

SK Gaming Total Bans: Nidalee, Maokai, Ahri, Leblanc, Zed, Liissandra

Sk Gaming total picks: Rek’sai, Lucian, Hecarim, Diana(2), Lulu, Annie, Gnar, Caitlyn, Nidalee

Champion Most banned against SK Gaming: Graves(2)

Most Picked: Diana (2)

Total games played: 2

Total champions played:  9


 

Yoe.FW Total Bans: Graves(3), Zed(3), Leblanc, Rumble(4), V(2), Lucian, Sivir (3), Nidalee

Yoe.FW Total Picks: Caitlyn(2), Gnar, Xerath, Rengar(2), Janna(3), Maokai(2), Zed(2), Jarvan, Rek’Sai, Morgana, Kog’maw, Ezreal,Nidalee, Nami, Irelia(2), Lucian, Corki, Leblanc

Champion Most banned against Yoe Flash Wolves: Maokai(4)

Most Picked: Janna (3), Caitlyn (2), Zed (2)

Total games played: 6

Total champions played: 18


 

Gambit Total Bans: Hecarim, Maokai, Leblanc, Ezreal, Maokai, Annie

Gambit Total Picks: Annie, Lee sin, Corki, Twisted Fate(2), Jarvan, Morgana, Nidalee, Graves, Thresh

Most picked: Twisted Fate(2)

Champion Most banned against Gambit Gaming: Kennen(2), Zed(2)

Total games played: 2

Total champions played: 9


 

CJ Entus Total Bans:  Kennen, Zed, Rek’Sai(2), Ahri, Lissandra

CJ Entus Total Picks: Lulu, Nidalee, Ezreal, Nami, Kog’maw, Corki(2), Rek’sai, Leona, Dr. Mundo, Xerath, Hecarim, Viktor, Lee Sin, Annie

Champion most banned against CJ Entus: Leblanc(2)

Most picked: Corki (2)

Total games played: 3

Total champions played: 14


 

Team Solomid Total Bans:  Rek’Sai(5), Nidalee(2), Maokai(3), Lulu, Leblanc(3), Thresh, Morgana(5), Janna

Team Solomid Total Picks:  Corki(2), Zed(2), Lulu(3), Lee Sin(3), Kennen, Maokai(5), Annie(4), Sivir(2), Viktor, Nidalee(3), Lissandra(5), Thresh, Lucian(4), Vi, Leblanc, Rumble(2), Rek’sai, Janna

Most picked: Lissandra(5), Annie(4), Maokai(5), Lucian(4)

Champion Most Banned against TSM: Rumble(4), Zed(5), Sivir(4)

Total games played:  8

Total champions played: 18


 

WE Total Bans: Janna, Rumble, Lissandra(4), Kennen, Zed(3), Jarvan IV, Thresh, Leblanc, Lulu(6), Viktor(5),

WE Total Picks:  Jarvan IV(6), Morgana(2), Diana(2), Graves, Sion, Rek’sai(2), Sivir(6), Hecarim(3), Janna(4, Diana(2), Sion(3), Lee Sin, Thresh, Kalista, Maokai, Ezreal(2), Ahri(4), Maokai, Leona, Caitlyn

Champions Most Banned Against WE: Rek’Sai(4), Maokai(3), Leblanc(3)

Most picked: Jarvan IV(6), Sivir(6), Janna(4)

Total games played:  9

Total champions played: 20


 

Total Champions picked or banned at IEM Katowice: 38

Most picked/Banned Champions of the tournament

Rek’sai – 9 pick 10 ban/100% of matches. Record: 7-2 (77.8% Win)

Maokai – 9 pick 8 ban/89.5% of Matches. Record: 5-4 (55.6% Win)

Leblanc – 7 pick 9 ban/84.2% of Matches. Record: 3-4 (42.9% Win)

 

Honorable Mention: Zed – 4 pick 11 ban/78.9% of Matches. Record: 7-5 (58.3% Win)

 

Most Diverse Champion Pools

World Elite – 20 Champions Played

Team SoloMid – 18 Champions Played

Yoe Flash Wolves – 18 Champions Played

 

Most Banned out Player

Bjergsen – Zed(5)


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Team Solomid made a convincing case for themselves to be considered among one of the world’s finest teams in a clean sweep of World Elite to win the IEM Season 9 World Championship Finals.

After being knocked into the losers bracket by TSM, World Elite clawed their way into the finals with a surprising 2-1 victory over Korea’s number one seed GE Tigers. Heavily favored to win the entire tournament, the GE Tigers would suffer their first ever competitive match loss at the hands of China’s 12th seeded team, setting the stage for a Grand Final rematch between WE and Team SoloMid.

 

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TSM Pre-Finals discussion

 

 

In a slow start to game 1, TSM eventually overcame a gold deficit to a comeback victory, propelling them into swift game 2 and 3 victories. A clearly dominant performance earns them their first ever victory at an international event. TSM Looks to take this momentum into the NA LCS Playoffs, only weeks away.

Grand Finals vods via loleventvods:

Game 1,Game 2,Game 3

 

Playoffs

 

 

 IEM Season IX World Championship Katowice Final Standings

1: Team SoloMid

2: Team WE

3/4: GE Tigers/yoe Flash Wolves

4-8: CJ Entus/Gambit Gaming  SK Gaming/Cloud 9

Photo source: IEM Official website

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World-Elite

LCK Stats at end of Week 7

NA LCS stats at end of Week 7

LPL stats at end of Week 7, Day 1. Season 5 Statistics for substitute players Xiye and Mystic unavailable :(

Link to part 1: IEM Katowice 2015 League of Legends Team Infographs (Pt. 1)

Link to part 2: IEM Katowice 2015 League of Legends Team Infographs (Pt. 2)

Stats compiled and writing by: Kevin ‘SoullessFire’ Lee

Graphics by Ling Gu: @vpnviper

All statistics were taken off lolesports.com and lol.gamepedia.com

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With CJ Entus filling the final slot of the IEM World Championship, the official groups have been announced.

The group stage will be composed of two groups of double elimination play. Each group will feature one team per region with a mix of two previous IEM winners – Cloud 9 and Gambit Gaming.

The Group Stage begins Friday, March 13th.

Official Announcement

Group A

 

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Group B

 

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Images credit to official IEM website.

 

Team Solomid has expanded it’s roster of competitive teams with the acquisition of Team Confound, Joining TSM under the name ‘TSM Darkness’. The team intends to compete in the 2015 NACS Spring in hopes of making it into the LCS. This marks the first semi-pro team to play under the TSM banner since 2012’s Team SoloMid EVO.

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TSM Darkness Roster

Ryan “Ron” Ballard – Top
Lyonel “Arcsecond” Pfaender – Mid
Paul “Indivisible” Nguyen – Support
Andrew “Azingy” Zamarripa – Jungle
David “Kabigon” Bérubé – ADC

Read the official announcement on Facebook.

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What is it like going from playing in Challenger Series to playing in international LAN tournaments? What is the hardest part to adjust to?

Kikis:  As for myself, I have a lot of experience of playing LAN events even before LCS was a thing, for example 2012 regionals at Gamescom, so it’s nothing new to me. But it’s a lot different and more exciting to play in front of huge live audience, when you can feel when they cheer and get hyped, instead of online at your sweet home. It’s definitely something I look forward to and will never get bored of.

 

What steps do you take to adapt to the newest patch? What is your approach to the current jungle?

Kikis: Well, the most important thing is to get used to it. And to do that, you just spam solo Queue games.. To get a feel of what’s strong I try a lot of champions that I think might be worth experimenting with. If I don’t see any potential in a champion, I’ll just drop it and move on. If I think something can work I’ll use it in a scrim to see how it works in a more competitive environment. I don’t look too hard though, I don’t put pressure on myself to deliver a new pick to the audience. I won’t put team in situation that we lose purely by trying too hard to make something work.

 

Who do you expect to give you the hardest time in the jungle?

Kikis: It’s hard to judge skill levels after new jungle patch came out and most of the junglers didn’t play competitive games on it. But if I had to choose, I respect Svenskeren as a player the most and I think he could give me the hardest time in the jungle with his aggressive playstyle. It doesn’t mean I would fall under his grace though, I will fight to the death with everyone I meet on Summoner’s rift.

 

What do you like or dislike about the current state of the jungle in the preseason and what changes would you like to see heading into Season 5?

Kikis: I like the way changes are going right now. Riot is doing their best to make this role balanced and fun. I actually really enjoy 2 stacks of smite and ability to change jungle items for free before enchanting. It gives better options for farming junglers that start with purple smite, and later on they can change it back to more useful smite in team fights.

 

What are your thoughts on ranged junglers and do you believe they require an advanced mechanical proficiency? What is their place on a team?

 

Kikis: I think ranged junglers are pretty strong, but it’s hard to fit them into a team comp. A lot of the times you have mid, ad and support ranged and you need some kind of front line. They require proper knowledge and practice about juggling the minions to not lose health and also don’t let them hard reset, which slows your jungle tremendously. Though with the recent nerfs on soft resets going down to 5 I am not so sure about them anymore. That might’ve killed their viability.

 

What was your mindset picking TF at IEM, was it intended to be a “cheese” or is it simply something you’ve practiced and had success with? What were your thoughts going into the matchup against TSM?

Kikis: We’ve practiced TF in scrims quite a bit. It worked pretty well. A lot of damage with great CC and map control with ult. I was confident in the champion, team was confident in me and we just went with it. Of course the part that we pick it in higher rotation to make enemies think it’s a mid-laner played a big part and that was intended, but it wasn’t the sole reason to use Twisted Fate. Everyone was super pumped against playing versus TSM and we were really motivated to win that and I’m really glad we actually did.

 

What did you gain most from playing at IEM? What are your overall thoughts on the event?

Kikis: Most people on the team doesn’t have a lot of LAN experience, especially in front of such a huge and wonderful audience, so it was a good thing for us. We played versus the best teams from NA and we learned a lot from C9 about vision control and team synergy. The event itself was really nice. We’ve met a lot of fans of the team, signed some stuff and took some photos. (which is pretty new to us by the way, it was overwhelming).

 

How are you preparing for the LCS? What are your goals going into the spring split?

Kikis: Well, mainly playing the game. 7 hours of scrim daily, 1-4 hours of solo Q and some analysis/team talk and watching replays. Every day we are getting better, we know our problems and we address them correctly. Everyone has a lot of trust into each other which is really great. We are not afraid to practice picks that we think are strong and we are motivated to put up a good show in the LCS and hopefully more.

 

Who are you looking forward to playing against most and who do you feel is your biggest threat in the EU LCS?

Kikis: It might sound lame but I look forward against playing every team. I am curious about overall strength of EU teams and on how we stand against them. The biggest threat will probably be Elements and SK. They look really good on paper, but we have to see if they stand up to their hype.

 

What players do you look up to? How would you define your playstyle and how do you feel it plays into your teams overall gameplay?

Kikis: The people I most look up to are the ones that give their heart and dedicate a lot of time to league. So from Europe it would mostly be Rekkles and Froggen. Also Faker, because he is a god, and Zefa. I really like Zefa’s playstyle and love watching him play.

 

What is your favorite lane to gank? 

Kikis: I don’t really have a favorite lane to gank. The only thing is that a lot of the times it’s hard to gank bot lane because they have more people percentage wise compared to other lanes and more defensive summoner spells.

 

Shout outs?

Kikis: I would like to thanks to everyone who is cheering for me or my team. The amount of support we are getting lately is huge and we are grateful for that. Also shout outs to our sponsors for helping us out and making living in gaming house possible!

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Authors Note: Due to a busy schedule and preparation for the upcoming LCS, the release of this interview was delayed and some of the information is late.

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As part of the Solomid network, we’ll be doing a Christmas giveaway of Solomid gear. Want in? Here’s how to enter:

 

All you have to do is follow Chefo and Caymus and retweet either one of their posts:

 



We’ll be giving away five shirts from Solomid’s store and one jacket:

 

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[ Disclaimer ] The giveaway doesn’t include South America. Apologies! Every other region is eligible.

 

We’ll be announcing the winners on December 31st. Good luck and happy holidays!


TSM Welcomes Santorin

November 27th, 2014
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After an extended trial period, Team SoloMid would like to welcome Lucas “Santorin” Larsen as our new starting Jungler. With several weeks of practice together, Santorin said he was “excited to be able to play for TSM and ready to prove [himself] to be the right choice for the team.”

 

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Santorin is no stranger to competition. Having served as Team Coast’s jungler for multiple challenger series victories, his high mechanics and playmaking ability stuck out among the best in the NA Challenger Scene. Ready to play on a professional stage at the upcoming IEM San Jose event, he joins TSM just in time to compete against some of the West’s finest competition, including Alliance and Cloud 9.

Owner Andy “Reginald” Dinh said he was “thankful that we could get Santorin in time for our team to compete.”

Santorin is already living at the TSM house and will be competing at IEM San Jose on December 6th-7th

 

You can follow Santorin on:

Twitter – https://twitter.com/santorinlol

Twitch – http://www.twitch.tv/santorinreborn

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/SantorinLoL

 

Current TSM starting roster:
Top – Marcus “Dyrus” Hill
Jungle – Lucas “Santorin” Larsen
Mid – Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg
AD – Jason “WildTurtle” Tran
Support – Jang-sik “Lustboy” Ham
Head Coach – Yoonsup “Locodoco” Choi
Analyst – Dylan (https://twitter.com/lolclashdylan)

Lustboy (4 of 10)

 

 

How have you been spending your offseason? Do you still play the game in your downtime?

Yes I do. I’ve been playing at least 3 to 8 games a day and hanging out with my friends. Nothing special.

 

With the conclusion of the 2014 World Championship, how do you feel about your overall performance?

I’m not satisfied that much because I know we could have done better if I did great and communicated better. I’ve been taking English classes and hope to do a lot next split.

 

Who was your favorite team to play against and why? Which bot lane gave you the most trouble? What did you learn most during your time boot camping and throughout the World Championship and how much do you think you improved?

My favorite team to play against is Cloud 9. They are really popular and are believed to be the best, and I want to prove that wrong. It won’t be easy because they are actually a very strong team.

I think the bot lane who gave me most trouble at worlds was Uzi/Zero. WildTurtle and I had never gotten into serious trouble in a 2v2 except against them.

I did learn how to take even just one scrim serious and what true supporting was. I think I improved a lot but I’m stuck in Korea for visa problem so I feel I’m gonna forget what I learned.

 

 The World Championship saw the rise of Janna, being picked or banned a total of 53 times and emerging with a 62% win rate. What do you think contributed most to her popularity and do you believe she will remain a contested pick moving into season 5?

Janna is actually a good champion, but she is simple. I think top 3 S tier supports were Thresh/Zilean/Alistar at the time, but Zilean and Alistar both were must bans or you were forced to play an unbalanced game.

So the next tier was Nami and Janna, though the meta was more fit to Janna. World Championship Season 4 was poke city meta.

 

IEM San Jose is fast approaching. How do you plan to prepare for the tournament? Where do you feel you need the most improvement?

I’m going to continue practicing in Korea with solo queue games or high elo premade matches. I feel I still need to get better at English and communication.

 

Piglet was recently announced as Team Curse’s new ADC. What are your thoughts on this move and how strong do you think the Xpecial/Piglet bot lane will be? Are they your biggest threat in the NA LCS?

I like both of them but I have heard a lot about Piglet’s personality and I don’t think him and Xpecial would make a good combination. I’m actually way more worried about Doublelift/Aphromoo.

 

When you initially made the move to NA, how was your English? Is it difficult playing a team game with a language barrier? What did you do to overcome any communication issues? How much has your English improved?

My English wasn’t that good and even now is not great. However it has improved a lot and I continue to improve it. My team and coaches are also helping me, and I am really glad to be here.

You and Locodoco were friends before joining TSM. Is it difficult to maintain both a professional and personal relationship with someone you’ve known for so long?

I’m pretty sure he doesn’t mind our friendship when he is coaching. I think that’s the right way of doing things and hope it will continue.

 

 You’ve been playing with TSM for several months now. What is the biggest difference playing in NA vs. Korea? Is there anything you would change about LCS or OGN format?

The biggest difference thing is people speaking English, kappa. Actually, people have so much fervor compared to Asia. They really enjoy playing the game. I don’t think format matters but LCS format gives me less stress.

 

What is your favorite food in the US?

In & Out Double Double burger. I like the seasoning.

 

 

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About the author: Tim Kimbirk is an eSports Journalist and writer with Solomid. Stay up to date on the latest interviews and features by following on twitter: @CaymusNoL